Next day was Saturday. Cake had to be there by 11. So, stopped by Food Lion and bought one at the bakery. Hated that but had no other choice at that point. Got the cake there. Came back home. Enough time to feed the kids lunch and then go take Digby to Petsmart. We always groom Kota and Alaska ourselves but every once in awhile, take Digby in. He has a lot of hair & this time it was matted. URGHH!!! The words "I'll brush him mom" are ringing in my head right now. Anyhow, he needed a professional this go around. Usually I can print off coupons for $10 off but it didn't happen this time for whatever reason. Guess they figured everyone wants their dog groomed at Christmas time. Dropped off Digby and figured we get some shopping done while in the area. Had to come home though as we were done & can't leave the kids for long. Trust me on that one. Came home took care of everyone and went back to pick up Digby. Looked fantastic! Saw the biggest Great Danes we had ever seen in our lives. I'm being serious. It was the size of a horse. The top of the dog was up to the guys armpits and the guy holding him was 6' something at least. Unreal! Can you imagine?!
Got home and couldn't get in the house. No, literally couldn't get in the house. Geez, what did they break now. Nothing, lock was totally worn out. HAD to buy a new one as we couldn't get into the house from the front.
Everyone trying to figure out the problem. Tools at the ready. Got to love the scratched up door from the dogs.
Summer, deciding she is going to help speed up the process.
Camera hog, need I say more?
Today, we're going to teh SS office for SS#'s. We're taking Nik along w/ the 3 new kids. Simply b/c we can't rush home today. Do stupid things happen while we're gone? Absolutely. Of course, that happens while we're here too. This past weekend, we were here...in another room wrapping presents. But Nik and Alex were swinging the new shop vac hose around. Nailed Logan in the forehead..hard. Nice goose egg w/ scratch marks. Nice boys. Pictures delayed again. Point is, we were here for that. Kids will try things. They can't live in a plastic bubble even if they have various dx's, issues, etc. Doesn't matter. Let them be kids. And we do.
Ours are getting older and need more responsibilities and more independence. We are doing this little by little and seeing how it goes. When they are younger, we start off w/ something simple like keeping a plant. A snake plant is best b/c they take forever to die. LOL. They we move up to beta fishes. Yeh, boys didn't take care of theirs last year. I discovered the poor thing while cleaning up one day. Kid you not. Yana took it out of the "mud" tank and brought it back to life so to speak. She had it for a long time. So, all my girls are able to take care of plants and fish. And yes, even the new girls. So, working w/ the boys. When they are able to do the little things, we give them more freedom b/c it shows a sense of responsibility. Girls know that I can take freedom away as easily as I can shell it out. Just now they called and said they were going w/ a friend to watch a movie at her house. They had just finished shopping w/ her mom. They called, told me where they were and when they'd be home. Boys, I have not gotten a phone call from. The other day Max left and I had to ask where he went. It's the little things that let me know whether or not they're ready for the bigger things. Yana will be taking the driver's ed course in January. We're getting there step by step. She is trying to win back trust & freedom she had lost last year due to some poor judgement. I must say, she's doing MUCH better this year on rules and what they mean. They know if they are broken, takes a while to get them back. Boys have a ways to learn.
Got to go. More to come. Had a busy, busy day today.